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Woody Harrelson's 'Wilson' film shoot ends with wrap party at the CC Club

The CC Club on Lyndale Avenue South played host to the "Wilson" wrap party Saturday. / Star Tribune file

The CC Club on Lyndale Avenue South played host to the "Wilson" wrap party Saturday. / Star Tribune file

After he showed up at some of the biggest rock shows of summer in the Twin Cities, including the Basilica Block Party and Rock the Garden, Woody Harrelson topped off his month and a half of filming in town at one of Minneapolis’ most legendary watering holes, the CC Club, for his movie’s local wrap party on Saturday night.

The Oscar-nominated, Texas-reared actor – who has been in town since mid-June for his starring role in “Wilson” -- reportedly showed up late and didn’t stay long at the party. However, just the fact that the bash was held there can be a cool bragging point for the less-than-fancy Lyndale Avenue bar, central to Replacements lore and other Minneapolis rock stories.

“It took me a minute to even recognize him, he just sort of blended in,” said CC Club drink slinger Adena Montez, who brought some wine glasses to Harrelson on the patio. She said he and the rest of the party attendees from the film crew “seemed to be having a great time. It was a real interesting mix of people.”

There was no word on how they chose the CC for the bash. However, it apparently wasn't Harrelson's first time there -- although it may still have been his first time in the door. Longtime CC Club employee Kim Laurent Lusk recalled on Facebook that the actor showed up years ago (date or reasons unknown), but he got refused at the door because he wasn't wearing shoes, she said.

"And this time he booked the event! And must've worn shoes!" Laurent Lusk joked on Facebook.

Woody Harrelson talked to Minneapolis' finest wearing marijuana-leaf socks at Walker Art Center in June during Rock the Garden. / Photo by Walt Dizzo

Woody Harrelson talked to Minneapolis' finest wearing marijuana-leaf socks at Walker Art Center in June during Rock the Garden. / Photo by Walt Dizzo

Based on a graphic novel of the same name about a curmudgeon trying to make amends with his family, Wilson also co-stars Laura Dern, who did not make it to Saturday’s party. Film locations for the movie included the Mall of America, St. Paul’s Lowertown district and Highland Park High School, the Washington County Jail in Stillwater and Snuffy’s Malt Shop in Roseville.

Lucinda Winter, executive director of the Minnesota Film and TV Board, said that more than 50 locations were used around the metro area during “Wilson’s” filming, which wrapped Friday after a 30-day shoot. The movie is scheduled for release sometime next year from Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Hear Motion City Soundtrack's first track from 'Panic Stations'

Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Pierre reportedly went nautical on his band's new album. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Pierre reportedly went nautical on his band's new album. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

After giving hometown fans a taste of what’s to come last month at the Basilica Block Party, Motion City Soundtrack announced details of its sixth studio album today. Titled “Panic Stations,” the record will be out Sept. 18 on Epitaph Records, the celebrated punk label that first signed the quintet back in 2002. MCS also released the first track off the album today, “Lose Control” (posted below), one of several tunes on the record said to carry a nautical theme.

As the band members revealed through social media last year, they recorded the album with indie-rock producer John Agnello at Minnesota’s most legendary studio, Pachyderm in Canon Falls, which is now called Seedy Underbelly North. Agnello has worked with Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, and the Hold Steady, all favorites of MCS's band members. Pachyderm, of course, is where Nirvana’s “In Utero” was made but was shuttered for many years until being rescued in 2013 by Twin Cities studio vet John Kuker, who sadly died in Ferbuary. “Panic Stations” will probably be the studio’s most high-profile output yet since its reopening.

Stay tuned for gig info and other news around the album in the coming weeks.

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